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ERIC Number: ED070097
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1972
Pages: 282
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The Effects of Reading "The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn" on the Racial Attitudes of Selected Ninth Grade Boys.
Frankel, Herbert Lewis
This study investigated whether the reading of "The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn" had any measurable effect on the racial attitudes of a group of black and white ninth grade boys. "Reading" here refers to the private experience and to the usual classroom activities undertaken as part of a reading lesson. Two classes which did not significantly differ in reading ability or IQ level were used in the study. Three measures of attitude change were used: (1) a semantic differential scale, (2) a picture projection test, and (3) a depth interview. Four hypotheses were tested: (1) study of this novel will change racial attitudes of adolescent boys; (2) the change will reduce unfavorable feelings toward the other race and will increase favorable feelings; (3) if the subject's feelings toward his own race change, they will be stronger feelings of worth; and (4) the group discussing the book will show greater positive change than the group reading it outside of class. The findings strongly support all four hypotheses. In addition, the study found that this novel is not "racist" and recommended that the book not be censored in any way. (Author/DI)
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